DAGMAR RYCHNOVSKÁ & MARTIN KOHÚT – The Battle for The Truth


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The Fall of the Rebel Angels, Pieter Bruegel the Elder [Public domain]

Abstract: The rise of ‘information disorder’ that undermines Western political principles has become one of the key political concerns in today’s Europe and United States and led to searching for new solutions to the problem of how to fight the spread of mis- and dis-information. The challenges of information disorder, however, are increasingly perceived as a part of the in- formation war – which involves the intentional Russian propaganda using new media. Yet who gets to help our societies build resilience against the information war? This research looks at how this novel problematization of security affects the politics of security expert- ise. Or, who gains power in this ‘battle for truth’? Building on sociological approaches in security studies, this paper focuses on the Czech Republic as a country that has become very active in the fight against disinformation and analyses the network of actors recog- nized as providing security expertise on information warfare. Based on social network analysis, the research maps the structure of social relations among actors recognized as ex- perts and points out the empowerment of think tanks and journalists, who are able to build social capital, mobilize their knowledge of Russian politics and the new media environ- ment, and design new practices to make the society resilient towards information warfare.

 

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Verifiability is a key part of academic research, and for this reason we also include data used in presented research article for download and peer review. The attached link provides four partial datasets consisting of the overview of the events, the edge list, the two-mode network and the node metrics, which can be downloaded from the following link.

https://www.dropbox.com/sh/h4e0k5k0whnd8hw/AABGApwDxDb06Dki5uUs--NJa?dl=0